John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
1.In each of the past five financial years, how many trees have WMBC authorised to be cut down by its own staff or contractor?

2.In each of the past five financial years, how many trees have WMBC authorised to be planted by its own staff or contractor?

3.Is WMBC linked to an organisation such as "The Tree Musketeers" of Hackney?

4.Is WMBC linked with schools to share in and encourage tree planting?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Hutchinson

 

Please see below Wirral Council’s response to your FOI request regarding
trees.

 

 

1.In each of the past five financial years, how many trees have WMBC
authorised to be cut down by its own staff or contractor? – Please see
tree survey extract attached.

 

2.In each of the past five financial years, how many trees have WMBC
authorised to be planted by its own staff or contractor? – We didn’t keep
records of tree planting five years ago, we have set a target of planting
21,000 trees per year for the next five years. Funding have been secured
for planting at least 21,000 trees this year, with over 1000 trees in the
ground this planting season so far.

 

3.Is WMBC linked to an organisation such as "The Tree Musketeers" of
Hackney? No recorded information held

 

4.Is WMBC linked with schools to share in and encourage tree planting?
Yes. We have an eco schools programme and an Eco Schools officer.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Thank you!

1.Numbers would have answered my question because I do not know the meaning of wkt_geom in Column A, nor that of COL1 etc in Columns B to N.

I shall be grateful to receive the reply to my request

"In each of the past five financial years, how many trees have WMBC
authorised to be cut down by its own staff or contractor?"

2.Without an answer to 1. above, the significance of your reply at 2. is impossible to assess.

3.Please may I recommend that Council allies itself to an organisation such as "The Tree Musketeers" of
Hackney for advice, guidance and assistance on how to plant and care for trees.
https://www.treemusketeers.org.uk/

Organisations such as this can advise on sustainability. It is good for public bodies to get involved with local people who tend to know a great deal about the local environment and it costs nothing. There are plaudits to be earned. There is a plaudit missed here, for example.

4.I know about the eco schools programme and Eco Schools officer but does the programme and that person encourage tree planting?

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

Will Sommers left an annotation ()

Allow me to assist, Mr Hutchinson, in an attempt to save some of my council tax:

1&2/ FoI Act exists to allow you to request recorded information. If the numerical figure for number of trees authorised to be cut down/planted has not been noted, they cannot give you this figure. They cannot cause data to be made for you; your rights are to recorded information. The spreadsheet has been issued to you to assist. 'Wkt geom' in column 1 is a text markup language to represent vector geometry. COL1 etc represent the numbered columns.
3/ You can recommend what you like - this is not an appropriate place - speak to your councillor. I imagine the council employ a specialist company to advise them. We all pay the council to make & co-ordinate decisions on our behalf. If you don't like the decisions they make, then don't vote for them next time, or, maybe, stand as a councillor. You can then look for plaudits.
4/ I would imagine an eco programme/officer would encourage tree planting. This was not a question in the original request, so I would suggest you need to make another request rather than adding it to your review request.

Hope this helps a little...

John H Hutchinson left an annotation ()

Thank you!

I know how FoIA works.

John H Hutchinson

Dear InfoMgr, FinDMT,
Thank you, but the table was of little use.

Yours sincerely,

John H Hutchinson

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Hutchinson

 

Further to your email of 21 December 2020, we can advise as follows.

 

 

 1. We provided an extract from our tree survey database for all inspected
trees which required removal. This full data was provided, rather than
just numbers, as the survey data provides the reasons why we had to
remove each tree. This dataset does not include trees which have had
to be removed as an emergency or trees which have collapsed on their
own. We are currently rolling out a fully comprehensive tree inventory
system which will include these trees going forward in about six
months once we have fully migrated over to this system.

 

 4. Planting trees is a big part of the eco school programme as it covers
both the school grounds and biodiversity topics. We do not hold the
exact number of how many trees have been planted over the last five
years, as many thousands have been planted as part of
different projects.  As an indicator with our GASP - Green Air Schools
Project - we planted hedgerow and trees with 22 schools with Mersey
Forest. In the last year we have given schools over 10,000 saplings
from The Forestry Commission, plus over 1000 acorns from Tree Wardens,
to plant up.  Schools can also apply for the Woodland trust directly
for packs themselves, and we generally do several community plantings
in a normal year.  We are also offering forest school training for
every school that takes part in the carbon footprint pilot.

 

We are hoping, COVID permitting, to get schools involved in the Tiny
Forest and then offer all schools a Weeny Woodland for their grounds. We
are also looking at the Countryfile Plant Britain Campaign. Several of our
schools are also piloting the John Muir Award that will also increase
nature in school. We currently have about 50 eco schools with the highest
green flag award, (the most in England) and most of our schools are
involved in the programme. We have just awarded 25 schools eco grants that
will increase biodiversity and tackle climate change in schools.

 

We trust this provides further information in response to your enquiry.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Lynette Paterson

Principal Information Management Officer

Wirral Council

PO Box 290
Brighton Street
Wallasey
CH27 9FQ

 

Email: [1][Wirral Borough Council request email]

 

Visit our website: [2]www.wirral.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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